6 days in Kyoto, Gifu Prefecture & Osaka Prefecture Itinerary

6 days in Kyoto, Gifu Prefecture & Osaka Prefecture Itinerary

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Kyoto
— 2 nights
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Shirakawa-mura
— 1 night
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Osaka
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Kyoto

The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for gifts at Fuuka-Kimono, make a trip to Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and then contemplate the long history of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Gion, then step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle, then hunt for treasures at Nishiki Market Shopping District, and finally get into the urban bustle at M's KYOTO INFORMATION CENTER.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kyoto day trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Kyoto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Bangkok in March, things will get colder in Kyoto: highs are around 16°C and lows about 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Shirakawa-mura.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Outdoors
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Shirakawa-mura

Set amid quintessentially Japanese landscape, Shirakawa-mura consists of 16 quaint villages, including a historic village of farm houses, now designated a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Tenshukakau Observatory, get engrossed in the history at Shirakawago Gassho Zukuri Minkaen, then get to know the fascinating history of The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go Gassho Style Houses, then contemplate the long history of Wada House, and finally steep yourself in history at Nagase house.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Shirakawa-mura trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Kyoto to Shirakawa-mura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Kyoto in March, plan for slightly colder days in Shirakawa-mura, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Osaka.

Things to do in Shirakawa-mura

Historic Sites · Museums
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Osaka

Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle, then stop by Jikko Japanese Knife Shop Namba Skyo, and finally visit Dotombori District. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Shirakawa-mura to Osaka takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or take a bus. March in Osaka sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks
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Gifu Prefecture travel guide

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Gifu Prefecture is a prefecture in the Chūbu region of central Japan. Its capital is the city of Gifu.Located in the center of Japan, it has long played an important part as the crossroads of Japan, connecting the east to the west through such routes as the Nakasendō. During the Sengoku period, many people referred to Gifu by saying, "control Gifu and you control Japan."HistoryThe land area that makes up modern-day Gifu became part of the Yamato Court around the middle of the fourth century. Because it is in the middle of the island of Honshū, it has been the site of many decisive battles throughout Japan's history, the oldest major one being the Jinshin War in 672, which led to the establishment of Emperor Tenmu as the 40th emperor of Japan.The area of Gifu Prefecture consists of the old provinces of Hida and Mino, as well as smaller parts of Echizen and Shinano. The name of the prefecture derives from its capital city, Gifu, which was named by Oda Nobunaga during his campaign to unify all of Japan in 1567. The first character used comes from Qishan (岐山), a legendary mountain from which most of China was unified, whereas the second character comes from Qufu (曲阜), the birthplace of Confucius. Nobunaga chose those characters because he wanted to unify all of Japan and he wanted to be viewed as a great mind.

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Osaka Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
Osaka Prefecture is a prefecture located in the Kansai region on Honshu, the main island of Japan. The capital is the city of Osaka. It is the center of Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto area. Osaka is one of the two "urban prefectures" of Japan, Kyoto being the other (Tokyo became a "metropolitan prefecture", or to, in 1941).HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area of Osaka prefecture was known as Kawachi, Izumi, and Settsu provinces.Osaka Prefecture was created on June 21, 1868, at the very beginning of the Meiji era. During the instigation of Fuhanken Sanchisei in 1868, the prefecture received its suffix fu, designating it as an urban prefecture.On September 1, 1956, the city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 wards.In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan's first female governor when she replaced Knock Yokoyama, who resigned after prosecution for sexual harassment.

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